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E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002)
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Old 02-19-2012, 04:28 PM
Roney2 Roney2 is offline
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Red face Please Help

Haven't had my '96 Z3 very long...I'm trying to find out if I can replace just the soft top window (zipper) or if I have to replace the entire top???
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Old 02-19-2012, 04:43 PM
Monolith Monolith is offline
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Factory tops have a "zippered" window which can be replaced.
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Old 02-19-2012, 05:06 PM
dkindig dkindig is offline
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Aftermarket tops have sewn-in windows while the factory top windows zip in. Look with a flashlight around the edge of the window from inside the top. If you see a zipper all the way around the opening, you still have a factory top and the window can be replaced with an OEM window or an eMiata window.

Both will work, but I prefer the OEM to the eMiata because the OEM window looks more finished from the outside.
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Old 02-19-2012, 05:10 PM
Roney2 Roney2 is offline
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Do you know where I can get one and would I be able to put it in? Is it easy enough?? I searched them before I found this and nothing came up.
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Old 02-19-2012, 06:48 PM
turbo10325 turbo10325 is offline
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My rear window was coming apart from the top. I took it to a shop that specializes in convertible tops. They showed me how the rear window was still intact (zipper included). The problem was with the fabric. Said they could try and sew it in, but it would come apart again. The fabric was old and needed to be replaced. They pointed out several other places where the threads were coming apart. Said if I used it a lot, it would come apart soon. They recommended Robbins or Easy On aftermarket tops.

I researched it and found that for another $100 bucks I could get the whole top instead of just the window. I ended up purchasing an Easy On top from these guys:


Looking at it, you'd never guess it's not the factory top. Installation is a bear. (Easy On - must be an inside joke.) I ended up taking it to the convertible shop and paying them to do it. I think it took a pro about 8 hours.

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Old 02-22-2012, 01:37 PM
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My advice - buy a hardtop !
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